Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Every Season Has It's Own Beauty!

Come along with me . . .


On a little trip through a few of 
the joys of the season :) 





Comfort Food
 Sausage making.

I carved this gourd several years ago,
and bring it out each Fall:)


 
This post was just meant to inspire you
to take a minute from your busy day
and enjoy the world around you.

Every season has it's own beauty:)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

53 comments:

  1. There is no season I enjoy more than Autumn. I am sighing with contentment as I look at you photos. :)

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    1. It is a beautiful season to behold . . . it's nice living in an area where the four seasons clearly make themselves known :)

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  2. Connie- What a wonderful post--it feels full of memories from childhood to me! It is an inspiring, heart-warming post. I just noticed that picture of you and your hubby on the sidebar- You are just adorable together. He is a handsome dude and got himself a beautiful woman (inside and out). Hope you have a great night. xo Diana

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    1. Diana, you are making my cheeks turn red . . . thank you for the sweet compliments. That is my favorite photo of the two of us :)

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  3. Such a lovely post uplifting and a lovely reminder to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

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    1. I know that we all find ourselves busy with the chores and tasks of our day and sometimes forget to just take in the beauty around us . . . This post was a reminder to me as well as all of you . . . there is so much loveliness all around us. Sometimes we just need to stop and enjoy:)

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  4. Hi Connie, I loved all your pictures. The picture of the park was so clear. Cute little walking pal you have there. :) You are a very talented lady. You sew, paint and craft, can food, cook food too. LOL The pie and biscuits look so yummy. Plus you are a great gardener. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, I was laying in bed this morning appreciating all my blessings and realizing how wonderful my retirement years have become. I have time to do all the things I love and even the ones that are hard work are so much better when you have the time to enjoy them. I enjoy staying busy and I love seeing the results of my labor. Life is good and each day is a new and fresh chance to take it all in and enjoy:) Here's wishing you a marvelous day!

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  5. Wow, awesome shots! You truly captured the essence of autumn in one blog post!!

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    1. Thank you, I am delighted that you enjoyed your little visit here :)

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  6. Connie, I had to go back and look a few times. It is so pretty there. Those pictures would make a pretty little fall book. I love that first picture of you two.

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    1. Hi Sweetie, Butch is my little tag along fellow. I can not believe how much company he is and when I see his little tail wagging all the time, I know he loves it here, too.

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  7. Your photos captured the essence of fall!

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  8. Hi Connie such a lovely peaceful post,love your pics,thankyou for sharing ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. I'm delighted you stopped by . . . life is pretty simple here and I like it that way, LOL.

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  9. Hi Connie, Yes, each season does have it's own beauty! I just need to be reminded to take time to see and enjoy it! Have a lovely day! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, when I think about Autumn beauty my thoughts always go back to Indiana. You live in such a colorful state this time of the year . . . I miss the Midwestern Autumns :)

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  10. I enjoyed the tour so much. Thanks for posting it.
    That carved gourd is very pretty!!

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    1. You would not believe the hours and hours and hours I have into that gourd . . . I love it, but would probably never carve another. Life's too short, LOL.

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  11. I enjoyed this trip through the delights of the fall season with you, each photo showing the joys of fall! Love that apple pie, nothing like the comfort foods of homemade apple pie! Beautiful pictures of your yard, and your walking area. It is so nice to get food put away for the winter months ahead too! The gourd you carved is amazing, quite intricate the detail you put into it! Happy Fall to you dear friend :)

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    1. Hello Marilyn, by what an encouraging comment, thank you. If you lived closer I would bake you a pie or at least have you over for a slice along with a nice visit and a hot cuppa :) Have a wonderful day!

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  12. What wonderful colours you have. Autumn is late here and in Cornwall the trees are only just changing.

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    1. Sounds like you have a lot to look forward too. Last week we had rain almost everyday . . . not complaining we need rain, but this week has been warm a sunny again. Autumn is such a beautiful season . . . I even named my daughter after it. Autumn Rose

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  13. It looks much more fall like there than it does here. Love all your pictures and that gourd is beautiful.

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    1. Hi Ann, thank you . . . have you ever tried carving one? I know that you are like me, in the fact that you enjoy jumping around in and out of different kinds of projects. It keeps life interesting:)

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  14. Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Lovely to see all the beauty around you.

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    1. Good Morning Karen, My photos are nothing compared to the ones you take. I love visiting your blog and going on your morning walks with you. Congratulations on your new home; I can hardly believe how fast it is going up . . . but then you are needing to get the outside done before snow, so I see the need to hurry. The two of you picked such a lovely spot to build. Every window is going to have a beautiful view:)

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  15. such beautiful representations of the season. a nice time of year to go for a walk and take it all in!!!

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    1. It's a wonderful time for taking a walk . . . winter in coming with it's ice and snow.

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  16. Yes, each season has its own beauty and it is lovely in your area in fall.

    What I notice most about fall in my area is the light. Our days are still warm and the main thing that changes is the sand. It shifts around and as winter comes on, the sand will disappear and huge boulders long hidden on the beach will appear.

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  17. Look how pretty you look in your red coat and white beret! Beautiful fall colors at your homestead, Connie; and oh, those baked goods! So appetizing. Your carved gourd is beautiful. And sausage making? Your many talents never cease to amaze me. Hugs.

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    1. Hi Nancy, We are planning on making bratwurst sausage this weekend, or I should say, Steve is . . . I help with clean-up duty, LOL. Don't you think "pretty" is stretching it a bit? Thank you just the same, you are so sweet:)

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  18. Absolutely fabulous post Connie. You look great in your red coat.
    Your photographs were just so lovely to look at and enjoy as I scrolled down your post.

    You are right 'Every season has it's own beauty' and this season is just fabulous!

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  19. Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures of how autumn looks in your neck of the woods. A lot of our trees have already lost their leaves due to the heavy rains and hard winds, but those that are still on aren't very brilliant colors like they normally are. So I enjoyed viewing yours. Thank you for sharing them. AND...that gourd that you carved is absolutely gorgeous, Connie! You are so talented. xx

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    1. Good Morning Dianna, I'm sitting here with my morning oatmeal and coffee and enjoying reading comments. It's my favorite time of the day for doing that. I always enjoy reading your comments, but then you are always building me up and encouraging my journey . . . I do hope that your day is filled with sunshine, inside and out . . . God bless you and thanks for stopping by:)

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  20. As usual, everyone has said exactly what I wanted to say! I should read all the comments but I do.... so I'll have to repeat it again... your photos are gorgeous, the golden colors are amazing.. I loved seeing a picture of you with your buddy, and that pie and biscuits made my mouth water! Especially your pie.. I love pie but very seldom bake them, except for holidays. Just seems like the crust is so time consumming, but if you'd make me a mincemeat pie, I'd come visit!!!! hee hee.... You are lucky to have such a handy guy around. You two are whirlwinds! I'm not looking forward to colder weather and snow (yet). We've gotten down to 23 here, but that seems mild compared to what we have to look forward to! We've had really nice days too and I"m trying to enjoy each and every one. Hugs... Marilyn

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    1. I used to make mincemeat pie, but I was the only one to eat it and it is a more expensive pie to make. I don't understand . . . I think it is the word "meat" when in fact I don't put "meat" into my pie just lots of nuts and raisins and cranberries. If you lived closer I would bake one and we could pig out and share it between us, LOL. Last week we had rain all week and this week the sun has been out and the weather is gorgeous . . . we better enjoy these pretty days while we can, winter is a coming! Thanks for popping in to say "HI" I appreciate it so much :)

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  21. Hi Connie :) What a lovely little trip! I love the photo with your dog!! :) The pie looks amazing...we are ALL about comfort food, it's our main diet!! It's chilly and dark these days in the mountains, but I still love every moment of it! :)

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    1. I don't know why, but as soon as we have our first frost my appetite turns from fresh vegetables and salads to soups, stews, pies and hot bread . . . not a time to appreciate the bath room scales, LOL. I do enjoy all the seasons . . . I've found that getting older and slowing down a bit gives me more of an appreciation of all the beauty around me. Friday and Saturday afternoons we built a fire in the fire-pit and just sat there and enjoyed the backyard. Blue skies and golden leaves some still on the tress and many all over the lawn. Even walking to the well house and listening to the leaves rustling under my feet was music to my ears :) Have a lovely day, dear friend.

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    2. That's really nice Connie :) I know how you feel, I have a much deeper appreciation for the beauty around me too. NOT the bathroom scales, lol...I always say that I'm fattening up for winter to keep warm lol...the bears do it right? ;) The seasons really bring out certain appetites don't they? Have a lovely day as well! :)

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    3. The bears do do it . . . so why shouldn't we, LOL Thanks for the sweet notes, you have brightened my morning :)

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  22. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I sure enjoyed your wonderful Autumn photos. Loved your carved gourd and the shot of the apples was really nice.

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    1. Hello Ida, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. We have had a glorious week of crisp mornings and warm afternoons with blue skies . . . i've heard that snow it coming early this year, so I'm enjoying this beautiful weather while it lasts. Here's wishing you a sweet and wonderful day:)

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  23. Very pretty Autumn inspiring post! You have some really big sunflower heads, so cool, and love the carving on the gourd!!
    Have a great rest of your weekend!

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    1. Hi Connie, it is always a pleasure have you stop by. We have been having some beautiful weather, but our forecast is early snow, so i'm enjoying these lovely fall days as long as they last. I'm delighted that you like that gourd . . . I have at least 10 hours of carving on that thing and that's using a Dremel tool. Those things have very hard shells :)

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  24. I love seeing all of your photos for Fall...especially YOU! What a beautiful smile you have. Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs!

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  25. Connie, what beautiful pictures! My favorite time of year. Your place looks peaceful and so pretty in the fall. And I LOVE that gourd you carved!!! If you want to, could you please do a blog post on how you carved that? We plan to grow gourds on our farm (we did last year, but only one of them "made it" and didn't rot), and I'd like to know how to preserve them, and how to carve them like that, and whether you painted it, or how you achieved those pretty colors. Thank you!

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    1. It was a long process that took many hours. I did all of my craving with a Dremel tool and be sure and wear a dust mask. First I drew my design, then started craving. When I was happy with it I took a rag and green and orange strain and went over it until I had the color I wanted.
      After making this I had a friend that wanted to grow gourds and try her hand at craving, too. So she planted gourds in the Spring and I waited until winter to ask her how they were coming along. She said that they got all moldy and they threw them all out. Oh my! They will mold as they dry and the mold spots actually add to the beauty of the gourd after it is dried and cleaned. I have never tried growing them, so I do not own how long it takes them to dry or the process of drying them. I am sure that you can find all of this on-line.
      Our state has a gourd festival each year and one year it was in our town. It was wonderful. They even hired our little band to play music during the festival. Then there was some problem with our fair grounds doubling the price for them the next year so they found another spot to have it. You would have loved it . . . bowls, drums, birdhouses, planters, so many talented people craving gourd . . . they left mine in the dust. I was so sad when they didn't come back because I was wanting to purchase a drum the next year. I love musical instruments made from crude and natural items.
      I love that you are interested in these, please keep me in the loop. I hope to see many beautiful and artful gourds created my your hands. This excites me :)

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